The fashion world lost an icon when Karl Lagerfeld passed away on February 19, aged 85, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. And Chanel muses Cara Delevingne, 26, Penelope Cruz, 44, and Kaia Gerber, 17, paraded down a snowy runway as his final collection was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris with an alpine-themed show. Cara opened the presentation and looked incredible wearing a white checked jumpsuit which had a plunging neckline and a belt which cinched the fabric in at the waist. She placed her hands in a praying motion before throwing her arms up as she danced down the runway for her late good friend. She then comforted a crying model as they walked alongside one another in the snow. Cara completed her fashion forward look with a matching top hat and threw a hounds-tooth overcoat with a giant statement necklace. Actress Penelope wore a fluffy white skirt and matching top for a very angelic walk down the runway, while holding a white rose in her hand in tribute to Karl.
Kaia wore a white mini dress which was embellished with flowers at the top section and had a furry skirt detail. She looked beautiful as she walked down the runway clapping for him. Actress Kristen Stewart, 28, was not pictured on the runway, but she pulled out all the stops, wearing a plunging quilted one-piece, suitable for the slopes and covered in the famous Chanel logo. She wore Mary Jane heels and perched a pair of red sunglasses on the end of her nose as she posed for photographers while honouring Karl. Guests had been instructed not to wear heels because of the snow which filled the venue – the perfect tribute to Karl, who was born in Hamburg, at a castle outside of Salzburg, Austria. The German-born artistic director for Chanel had appeared increasingly frail in recent months, and had did not come out to take a bow at Chanel’s couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being ‘too tired’. ‘He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,’ said one source. ‘Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.’ An official statement published on his Instagram said: ‘The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.
There was a one minute’s silence for Karl, during which the models appeared in a line at the top of the set, to pay their respects. This was broken by the sound of Karl’s voice which was played on a tannoy. Virginie Viard, Karl’s longtime collaborator for over 30 years and director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio, will take over at the creative helm of the brand. Naomi Campbell, 48, and Claudia Schiffer, also 48, walked to their seats in the front row linking arms with one another. Naomi wore gold boots and a matching hat, with her bouclé jacket sporting a matching collar, while Claudia wore red trousers and a white jumper, sporting a quilted bag. Claudia also caught up with actress Monica Bellucci, 54, who looked sensational in a monochrome belted coat and dark sunglasses. And Cara had her biggest fans in the front row as girlfriend Ashley Benson and sister Poppy led the a-list arrivals at the designer showcase. Pretty Little Liars star Ashley, who has been inseparable from Cara since they met in 2018 on the set of movie Her Smell, looked proud as she left her hotel in a blue satin jacket closely followed by Cara’s older sister Poppy. Ashley, 29, rocked her wrap jacket with chain detail, teaming the statement piece with leather leggings and chic heels. She accessorised with a jewel-encrusted shoulder bag and Chanel earrings, adding to the nineties vibe with backcombed locks and dark eyeliner. Poppy coordinated with Ashley in her own leather look, pairing thigh-high boots with a black jacket and topped off with statement shades. Photo Credit: Getty